CLE – ICL – Lens implantation
Area of Application:
Lens implantation is a complete replacement of the lens. This treatment is used when other methods are not suitable. This is generally the case with a cataract, but also for example, if your vision is too strongly pronounced. Or when the lens loses its elasticity and therefore results in a presbyopia. Your suitability for a lens implant is determined on location.
Techniques and Function:
Clear Lens Extraction (CLE)
With this variation, the focus of the lens is changed. This is realized by completely removing your own natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). The method used here is called CLE. This method is particularly suitable if you are over 40 years old. The reason for this is usually associated with presbyopia. In this case, flexible lenses are used which also compensate for these refractive errors. The optimal lens for you or if you are at all suitable for this method will be determined on location during the preliminary examination.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
ICL lenses are basically contact lenses which are implanted. The difference between these and the CLE method is that your own natural lenses are not removed but merely supplemented by the implantable contact lenses. Therefore you do not need extra care for these lenses. The durability however, lasts for a lifetime. This method can be used, for example, even for very high refractive errors, since LASIK is often not possible. In contrast to the CLE method, ICL treatments can be received by younger patients. Therefore, this method can be recommended from as early as 21 years of age. However, a presbyopia cannot be corrected with implanted contact lenses.